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Collaborative research: a case example of dissemination of CBT in primary care

  • Fiona Mathieson (a1), Sunny Collings (a2), Anthony Dowell (a3), Felicity Goodyear-Smith (a4), James Stanley (a3) and Simon Hatcher (a5)...


While we now have a strong evidence base for cognitive behaviour therapy in managing mental health problems, the challenge is to disseminate it into real-world settings. Two dissemination approaches exist: the dominant ‘research to practice’ model, a linear sequence, taking interventions from the research laboratory and overcoming barriers so as to apply them in the real world and a more collaborative approach, in which researchers work together with clinicians and patients to adapt existing treatments for real-world settings. This article provides a detailed example of a collaborative approach to adapting cognitive behaviour therapy, by developing a very brief mental health intervention for patients in a primary-care (family doctor) setting.


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*Author for correspondence: Ms. F. Mathieson, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, PO Box 7343, South Wellington 6242, New Zealand (email:


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Collaborative research: a case example of dissemination of CBT in primary care

  • Fiona Mathieson (a1), Sunny Collings (a2), Anthony Dowell (a3), Felicity Goodyear-Smith (a4), James Stanley (a3) and Simon Hatcher (a5)...
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